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In This Issue
I'm happy to announce that my wife gave birth to our first child last Friday, a son we've named Declan. I'm taking some time to enjoy our new arrival and master my diaper-changing skills, which means this mid-month update is rather brief.
I'll follow up on the major stories below in more depth next issue, in particular the Yahoo express submission service.
Within the Subscribers-Only Area, you'll find that articles previously listed on the Portals Feature Chart have now been moved to a new Portals page. Also, numerous pages in the Fact File section have been updated. Links to all of these can be found on the Subscribers-Only Area home page.
Within the main site, the Media Metrix and NetRatings search engine ratings pages have been updated. Also updated are the Search Engine Reviews page and the Search Engine Reviews Chart. Links to all of these pages can be found on the What's New page.
Search Engine News
Yahoo has introduced an express listing request service, something it considered late last year, along with a suite of new offerings for small businesses. The service doesn't guarantee that a site will be listed, but it does assure that a site will be reviewed and given a yes or no response within seven days. More on this next issue.
Yahoo Business Express
More details about the service. It's not available to all sites.
Yahoo Considers Express Submission Service
The Search Engine Report, Oct. 5, 1998
Explains some of the reasons why Yahoo has created the new service.
Lycos, Ticketmaster-Citysearch Merging
InternetNews.com, Feb. 9, 1999
USA Networks to buy Lycos
News.com, Feb. 9, 1999
USA Networks Buys Lycos
Wired News, Feb. 9, 1999
Lycos' Davis Defends Deal
Reuters, Feb. 10, 1999
Lycos falls on investor concern and suit
Bloomberg, Feb. 10, 1999
Can USA Networks turn Lycos into an e-commerce winner?
Red Herring, Feb. 11, 1999
Lycos Plans Merger With USA Networks
Industry Standard, Feb. 12, 1999
Search Engine Articles
Compaq Acquires Zip2
InternetNews.com, Feb. 16, 1999
Compaq is to purchase Zip2, which specializes in creating local portals for media partners such as newspapers. Compaq hopes the purchase will help its e-commerce goals for AltaVista.
Pointed Clicks: Right Ad, Right Person, Right Time
ClickZ, Feb. 16, 1999
A look at ways to better target banner advertising at search engines, with a particular emphasis on Lycos.
Infoseek Goes shopping
Red Herring, Feb. 12, 1999
The Go Network plans to roll out a comparison shopping site soon, and it will be powered by Inktomi technology, rather than the Quando system Infoseek acquired last year.
AltaVista Takes Stake in Video Search Firm
InternetNews.com, Feb. 9, 1999
AltaVista has made a 10 percent investment in video and image search company Virage.
Can Compaq PC execs succeed in portals?
News.com, Feb. 2, 1999
Many of the executives behind the new AltaVista company come from a computer hardware background. Are these the right people to run a media company, or do they need help? Analysts say so (and I'd agree).
You've probably read this stuff before about how portal sites are trying to make themselves "sticky" with features that keep users around. If not, here's a recap with some fresh stats, such as average user sessions at Yahoo having gone up from 41 minutes to an hour between September and December 1998 thanks to sticky services.
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